Evening vertorama from Lyon

Continuing with more photos from my archive. There are more than 100 000 photos there, so usually I find something to edit. But not always. This one is from 2016 from a summer trip to Lyon, France. I still remember how hot and sunny it was, that it was hard to stand in the sun.

Surprisingly, in this photo, I did not have to remove anybody. When I was there in the evening, there was not a single person there. This is the Basilica of Notre Dame of Fourvière on the hill above the city, and while there are many tourists during the day, the night is more calm, and empty. Perfect for photos. The yellow lights are a bit strong, making for a stranger color, but still nice.

This is a two-shot vertorama, edited in Photoshop

Evening vertorama from Lyon, France

WWDC 2023

What are your plans today? Mine is to watch the WWDC 2023 presentation from Apple. As you may have seen in my Desk Setup post I use quite a few Apple devices currently, so it’s nice to see what’s coming up. I’m especially curious about the AR/VR glasses, as all the ones I tried until now made me dizzy. Maybe they thought of something that fixes this. And I also like to use the beta version of all the software. Not even sure when was the last time I had a regular final version installed on any of my PCs or mobile devices. Maybe I’m just used to it since I work in software development years ago.

Are you gonna watch the presentation too?

A nice city walk in Paris

Let’s stay with another photo in Paris today, at a spot not that far from where yesterday’s photo was taken. It was taken during a nice city walk one Autumn day. You can’t even say it was already September, it was so nice. To get to this spot, you have to go from the Pont de Bir Hakeim (Bri Hakeim bridge) towards the Eiffel Tower.

I took three exposures for this photo but ended up using only one. As it was windy that day, the trees and ships just moved too much, to get a sharp photo. But since the contrast was not that huge, I could recover everything from a single exposure. Still, it’s always better to have multiple, in case one needs them.

A nice city walk in Paris, Eiffel Tower, France

Passerelle Debilly at night

Staying in 2015 with another photo, let’s move to France with this one, to Paris. This is the Passerelle Debilly pedestrian bridge, not that far from the Eiffel Tower, as it’s quite easy to see. I quite like the look of it, and its being white contrast nicely with the yellow Eiffel Tower in the background. Especially in blue-hour shots.

This photo is blended from three exposures, and edited in Photoshop.

Passerelle Debilly at night, Paris, France

Generative Fill

I wrote about the new Generative Fill in Photoshop yesterday, and today I’m sharing a photo where I used it. And I used it a lot, as there were many people standing around the Eiffel Tower, which is why I never shared this photo before. With Generative Fill I was able to remove them, even though not perfectly.

The little police car under the Eiffel Tower

I took this photo around 6 years ago now. You can actually tell that it’s an older photo, as there is no glass wall in front of the tower. While I was taking photos there that evening, a police car stopped right in my way, so I just used it for composition here. It looked tiny, a bit funny, in front of the huge Eiffel Tower.

This is a vertorama from 3 photos, blended in Photoshop. No HDR bracketing here. I used around 20 Generative Fill layers to get rid of people standing around the area.

The little police car under the Eiffel Tower

New Laptop

Last week I got a new laptop, the Macbook Pro 13 M1, and I have to say, it’s really hard to relearn years of muscle memory. As I no longer remember most Photoshop shortcuts and just do them automatically, I can’t select almost anything on the mac without looking. It’s just so strange. But luckily one gets used to new things rather quickly, so I will see how it is in a week or two. But that the M1 Photoshop does not support extensions is a much bigger issue. One has a new processor but has to use an older software version just to get the whole functionality. Sometimes I don’t understand Adobe’s approach at all.

Today’s photo is not yet edited on the mac, but the next one probably will be.

Sparkling tower in the night

This photo is a bit darker for my style, but I wanted the Eiffel tower to stand out here. And with the surroundings not being so interesting anyway. This is of course not a new photo, as I don’t have any. It was one of those still taken while I used the Sony a7R. It’s a two-shot vertorama, each shot split into two and then merged back together in Photoshop.

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